Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24]
- Source Note
During the two months after the was organized, JS met with believers in three locations: the areas of , , and . Several people were and the first church was convened before JS returned home to his wife in , Pennsylvania, around mid-June. About 26 June, JS, Emma, , , and traveled to Colesville, where Emma and a number of others were baptized, even though several Colesville residents destroyed a previously constructed dam in the stream in an attempt to prevent the baptisms. Before these believers could be , however, JS was twice arrested and charged, as his history recounted, with “being a disorderly person; of setting the country in an uproar by preaching the Book of Mormon.” He was released in both instances, but he needed the help of a constable to escape from his antagonists and make his way to the house of Emma’s sister, Elizabeth Hale Wasson, in , where he and Emma were reunited. They returned to Harmony the next day, quite likely 3 July, and a few days later JS and Cowdery came back to Colesville to confirm the recently baptized converts. Before they could do so, a mob assembled, and JS and Cowdery quickly left again. Sometime between their return to Harmony and Cowdery’s departure for Fayette around mid-July, JS dictated this and the following two revelations. This text instructed JS and Cowdery “concerning their Calls”; JS had earlier been identified as prophet, , and translator, as well as an and first , and Cowdery as second elder.The revelation specifically commanded JS to continue confirming baptized believers, dictating revelations, and expounding the , and commanded (and perhaps JS with him) to go forth and preach. Although the word apostle is not used in this passage, the language describing Cowdery’s calling closely parallels Jesus’s instructions to his apostles. For Cowdery, it may have reinforced the June 1829 revelation describing him as having the same calling as “Paul mine apostle” and the 6 April 1830 revelation that referred to him as “mine Apostle.”
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